11 user 11 critic

Thin Ice (1937)

A Swiss hotel's ski instructor falls in love with a man who goes skiing every morning.


Sidney Lanfield


Boris Ingster (screenplay), Milton Sperling (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Sonja Henie ... Lili Heiser
Tyrone Power ... Prince Rudolph
Arthur Treacher ... Nottingham
Raymond Walburn ... Uncle Dornik
Joan Davis ... Orchestra Leader
Sig Ruman ... Prime Minister Ulricht (as Sig Rumann)
Alan Hale ... Baron
Leah Ray ... Singer
Melville Cooper ... Krantz
Maurice Cass ... Count
George Givot ... Alex
Greta Meyer ... Martha
Egon Brecher Egon Brecher ... Janitor
Torben Meyer ... Chauffeur
George Davis ... Waiter


Lili is a skating instructor at a grand hotel in the Alps. An international conference is booked at the hotel. The conference is led by Prince Rudolph, whose plan is really to keep a pair of feuding countries at odds with each other. Feining illness, the Prince moves into a small inn so he can enjoy some skiing in private -- and delay the conference. One morning he meets Lili on the slopes and they hit it off; but she has no idea her "Rudy" is the Prince. That evening Lili is seen leaving the Prince's car, having been given a ride home by her beau, a cousin of the Prince's chauffeur. Tongues wag and Lili is thought to be romantically involved with the Prince. This gets her lots of attention and a starring role in her own ice skating revue. But when she finds out people think she is involved with the Prince she is horrified, while Rudy is amused and plays along. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


As Thrilling Together As You Knew They'd Be! (original print ad) See more »


Passed | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


The original play opened in Budapest in 1922. An English translation of the play by Fanny Hatton and Frederic Hatton opened in New York on 23 October 1930 with the title "His Majesty's Car." It starred Miriam Hopkins and ran for 12 performances. See more »


Sleep Baby Sleep (Yodel Melody)
Written by John J. Handley
See more »

User Reviews

Thin and often cold as ice
26 August 2017 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

1937's "Thin Ice" served as Sonja Henie's sophomore Hollywood effort, more popular than her debut in "One in a Million," due perhaps to the casting of real life paramour Tyrone Power as her leading man. He delivers as expected portraying the handsome prince come to the Alps for an important peace conference, easily outshining his weak co-star in every way except of course on the ice, where she delivers everything that her acting performances ultimately failed to do. Hardly the naïve innocent she was playing on screen, it's amusing to watch Sonja ply her trade as a skating instructor for a financially strapped Swiss hotel, but as soon as rumors abound of her romance with Power's Prince Rudolph offers arrive swiftly and decisively, though the girl is kept in the dark about his true identity until picture's end. Their off screen chemistry doesn't seem to have translated well on camera, but the strapping young Tyrone Power cements his cinematic rise to superstardom by carrying the lightweight material for his novice leading lady, as well as nervous studio chief Darryl Zanuck, often on the losing end of negotiations with the temperamental Sonja. Among the unbilled extras, Lon Chaney can be spotted as an American reporter on two very brief occasions: at the 10 minute mark, a silent bit as Power's prince makes his first appearance posing as an invalid coming off the train, and again 16 minutes later, rushing in to breathlessly await news of the couple's romance, his dialogue drowned out with the noise of all the other newsmen. Of his numerous uncredited roles during his forgettable two year odyssey at Fox, this probably ranks at or near the very bottom, at least easily recognizable in Sonja's next vehicle, "Happy Landing," where he was granted a few lines to distinguish himself.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 11 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.






Release Date:

3 September 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Thin Ice See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Visit our What to Watch page

Recently Viewed